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 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays & Saturdays
THE LOOKING GLASS: AN IMMERSIVE ART SPACE
IX Art Park.
A new whimsical wonderland invites you to leave real life at the door and enjoy an otherworldly escape. This enchanted forest is the first immersive art space in Virginia, created by over a dozen local artists to spark your imagination and captivate your sense of childlike wonder. IX Art Park.  Fridays 3-9pm, Saturdays 10am-8pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
September-October
FALL APPLE PICKING
Enjoy picking apples with the family this fall at one of the many local orchards in the area. Many orchards have pumpkin patches as well. Call ahead or check websites for times and availability. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 29-November 1
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MAZE
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is new to the Charlottesville region, bringing the 20-year refined form of"agritainment"and fall fun to the community. The maze has 2.5 miles of"cornfusing" paths. There is also a large selection of pumpkins and local farm products. A courtyard of fun activities for kids of all ages, including farm animals, pumpkin sling shots, giant slides, mini-mazes, rope mazes, tire swings, giant hay bale obstacle course, fidget ladders and more. 165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Hoffman.  Email: mountainmazefun@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-212-0413. 
 
November 5-8
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MAZE
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is new to the Charlottesville region, bringing the 20-year refined form of"agritainment"and fall fun to the community. The maze has 2.5 miles of"cornfusing" paths. There is also a large selection of pumpkins and local farm products. A courtyard of fun activities for kids of all ages, including farm animals, pumpkin sling shots, giant slides, mini-mazes, rope mazes, tire swings, giant hay bale obstacle course, fidget ladders and more. 165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Hoffman.  Email: mountainmazefun@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-212-0413. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
October 29-November 1
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MAZE
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is new to the Charlottesville region, bringing the 20-year refined form of"agritainment"and fall fun to the community. The maze has 2.5 miles of"cornfusing" paths. There is also a large selection of pumpkins and local farm products. A courtyard of fun activities for kids of all ages, including farm animals, pumpkin sling shots, giant slides, mini-mazes, rope mazes, tire swings, giant hay bale obstacle course, fidget ladders and more. 165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Hoffman.  Email: mountainmazefun@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-212-0413. 
 
November 5-8
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MAZE
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is new to the Charlottesville region, bringing the 20-year refined form of"agritainment"and fall fun to the community. The maze has 2.5 miles of"cornfusing" paths. There is also a large selection of pumpkins and local farm products. A courtyard of fun activities for kids of all ages, including farm animals, pumpkin sling shots, giant slides, mini-mazes, rope mazes, tire swings, giant hay bale obstacle course, fidget ladders and more. 165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Hoffman.  Email: mountainmazefun@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-212-0413. 
 
October-November
HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Monticello.
Explore this year's virtual classes and conversations on food, farming and gardening. Get the best value on all 5 classes with the special ticket bundle. Can't make the live event date? Ticket holders will receive a post-event link to enjoy the recorded program for a limited period of time. Online - Monticello.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 26-November 8, Thursdays-Sundays
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MAZE
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is new to the Charlottesville region, bringing the 20-year refined form of"agritainment"and fall fun to the community. The maze has 2.5 miles of"cornfusing" paths. There is also a large selection of pumpkins and local farm products. A courtyard of fun activities for kids of all ages including farm animals, pumpkin sling shots, giant slides, mini-mazes, rope mazes, tire swings, hay bale obstacle course, fidget ladders and more. 165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Hoffman.  Email: mountainmazefun@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-212-0413. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
Wednesdays & Fridays
DRIVE-THROUGH FARMERS MARKET
Local Food Hub.
Preorder items online from Virginia farmers and pick up via drive-through on Wednesdays and/or Fridays. 1801 Hydraulic Road (Old Kmart parking lot).  Wednesdays 4-6pm, Fridays 3-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays
SPRING FARMERS MARKET
IX Art Park.
The market layout, vendors and customers will comply with Corona virus protocols. Safety is the highest priority. There are several safe ways to access food. You can now order from several vendors online and pick up at the market site at the booth or in your car. IX Art Park.  9am-12pm.  Email: cecile@marketcentralonline.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays & Saturdays
THE LOOKING GLASS: AN IMMERSIVE ART SPACE
IX Art Park.
A new whimsical wonderland invites you to leave real life at the door and enjoy an otherworldly escape. This enchanted forest is the first immersive art space in Virginia, created by over a dozen local artists to spark your imagination and captivate your sense of childlike wonder. IX Art Park.  Fridays 3-9pm, Saturdays 10am-8pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
October 28 & 30, Wednesday & Friday
NATURE NOOK EDUCATION SERIES FOR PREK-6
Wildrock.
Pick one of five self-guided trail adventures. Visit nature nooks on Wildrock's trail for playful activities exploring wildlife and animal life. Trail walks are timed to ensure social distance. Enjoy playing in the stream and exploring meadows and forests. Reservations available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. Groups of up to 15 may come for each reservation. Scholarships are available upon request. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $20.  Recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: carolyn@birdwood.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
October 2-31, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
CREEPY CRAWLY & CUTE TRAIL
Wildrock.
Groups of up to 15 people may reserve a 90 minute slot to enjoy discovering a variety of fun and sillycreepy crittersalong Wildrock's Discovery trail. Children will be invited to decorate a mask and pick a Halloween clementine or jack-be-little pumpkin to decorate at the end of the trail. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Wildrock.  $20/group up to 15.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: wildrocktrips@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-5100. 
 
October 31, Saturday
PTM SHENANDOAH BIKE & HIKE - HALLOWEEN 2020
Perfect Timing Multisport & Athletic Brewing Company.
Enjoy hiking and biking through Shenandoahs stunning fall foliage. Dress in costume, and there will be prizes for the Best Biker Costume and the Best Hiker Costume. Shenandoah National Park.  6am-2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 28, Saturday
HOPE'S LEGACY FAMILY FUN DAY
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue Inc.
Are you a horse or donkey lover? Volunteer-led outdoor activities, like a scavenger hunt, will help you and young ones learn more about horses and donkeys. Come meet Donkey, Dolly, and all the animals at Hope's Legacy, and have a fun time, too. 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton.  10am-12pm.  $0.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Outdoor uneven terrain  Email: hlervolunteers@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-5688. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First Saturdays
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First & Third Mondays and Second & Fourth Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
August 19 - mid-November
QUARAN"TEAM" GROUPS ON THE PLAYSCAPE
Wildrock.
Bring your"quarateam"and enjoy our Nature Playscape for 2.5 hours. Each "quaranteam" may be up to 15 people. Only one "quaranteam"will be on the playscape at at time. Reservations are $40. Scholarships are available upon request. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $40.  Recommended for ages 2 to 12.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
TRAIL ADVENTURES PROGRAM BY APPOINTMENT
Wildrock.
Wildrock is currently welcoming families to their trail system through their 90 minute Trail Adventures program. This is by reservation only and is designed to ensure social distancing. Make reservations online. Wildrock.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays in September - mid-November
WILDROCK SCHOOL DAYS
Wildrock.
Quaranteam groups of up to 15 are invited to come for an all-outdoor interactive field trip. Meet Wildrock's animals, explore scientific inquiry challenges, and enjoy discovering field, woodland, and stream ecosystems. Two hours programs are $40 for up to 15 people. Scholarships are available. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $40.  Recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
October 30, Friday
A SPOOKTACULAR DAY AT GREENWOOD
Albemarle County.
Enjoy a family friendly event that will include story time, photo station, arts & crafts, Halloween-Themed Simon Says and treat bags. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session. Greenwood Community Center.  Morning: 10:30am-12pm, Afternoon: 1-2:30pm.  Email: jclark@albemarle.org. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 434-466-3389. 
 
October 28-30
A VERY SPOOKY LIVE ARTS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Live Arts.
The week before Halloween, beloved Box Office Manager Darryl Smith goes missing (gasp). One of five mystery characters knows where he is. What happened to Darryl!? Join in for an evening of sleuthing, fun, fundraising and just a dash of Live Arts Celebration. Please note this is a virtual BYOC (Bring Your Own Costume). Virtual - Live Arts.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 31, Saturday
HALLOWEEN CHARLOTTESVILLE NIGHT OUT DRIVE THROUGH
Charlottesville Police Foundation.
The Charlottesville Police Foundation and the Charlottesville Police Department will host a Halloween Charlottesville Night Out Drive Through event at the Charlottesville High School Parking lot. There will be stations with community partners who will be handing out goodies and candy. Join for a safe alternative community Halloween celebration. Charlottesville High School.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays
PINBALL
Decades Arcade.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. Decades Arcade.  2-10pm Saturdays, 2-7pm Sundays.  $$12 Adults, $8 Kids.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
July 8-July 30
WINTERGREEN MUSIC: ONLINE COMMUNITY
Wintergreen Music.
The Wintergreen Music Online Community is an interactive online experience with live music seminars and events for everyone. From Music History to Music Trivia & Game Shows to Special Interest Sessions, these fun and welcoming events are perfect to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Virtual.  Varies.  $5 per event.  Contact: Justin Dalisay.  Email: jdalisay@fsu.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 904-866-0953. 
 
 Sporting EventsGo to top of List
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
 StorytimesGo to top of List
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
Wednesdays
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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